Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

Around 10,000 undergrads attend the University of Idaho, a school in Moscow, Idaho. The school sits in the top 21 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletic pride runs deep at this small-town school, though a big portion of these sports-loving students relocate to larger cities such as Seattle, Wash., Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash. following graduation. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Project Engineer
5 salaries
Attorney / Lawyer
4 salaries
General / Operations Manager
4 salaries
Process Engineer
4 salaries
Retail Store Manager
3 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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About This School

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UI are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the engineering services industry, and the food manufacturing industry. Among UI grads, the architectural services industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from the UI amounts to approximately $63K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $78K, but the median for the latter is only $55K.


UI grads who become Process Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $85K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Attorneys and Mechanical Engineers; their salaries approach $81K and $72K, respectively. Operations Managers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $40K.


Many UI students are Boise, Idaho-bound following college. In addition, former UI students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to around $76K in this top-paying city. University of Idaho grads are so loyal to Moscow that a sizable number choose to stay after graduating, despite median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($43K). Spokane, Wash. and Portland, Ore. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Master of Science (MS), Computer Science (CS) will compensate UI grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in about $107K on average per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $40K.


Many former UI students are familiar with Project Management, and just under one in five grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Vandals — they earn 26 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; a little less than half of the alums report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. Most respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that most former students are given health coverage, and a fair number of alumni accept dental insurance. University of Idaho graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Kansas State University grads (who make an average of $63K) earn salaries most similar to UI alumni. Other schools similar to UI include the Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Nevada-Reno.

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